The York County Public Library is joining public libraries across the country in offering access to the same ebook for a two-week period through the Libraries Transform Book Pick. The ebook selection is Lauren Francis-Sharma’s epic saga Book of the Little Axe, published by Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic. During the lending period, Sept. 14-28, ebook copies of Book of the Little Axe will be available without waitlists or holds through our OverDrive Collection. Readers will only need their library card and the Libby app to borrow and read the ebook.
Ambitious and masterfully wrought, Book of the Little Axe is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion. In a starred review, Booklist said Francis-Sharma “offers fascinating characters across the broad sweep of the American continent at a time of great tumult, warring colonial powers, the spread of slavery, and expansion West” and described the story as a “compelling saga of family bonds, ambitions, and desires, all subject to the vagaries of powerful historical forces.”
Programs like the Libraries Transform Book Pick help showcase how libraries like York County Public Library (YCPL) are continuing to serve their communities during challenging times by providing digital content and virtual services people need now more than ever. Over the last few months, YCPL has expanded access to electronic content and found innovative ways to continue programming virtually through Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Zoom.
The selection of Book of the Little Axe for the Libraries Transform Book Pick was made in consultation with experts at Booklist. The digital reading program is a collaboration between the American Library Association (ALA) and OverDrive. For more information about the Libraries Transform Book Pick, please visit ilovelibraries.org/libraries-transform-book-pick. You can also follow the Libraries Transform Book Pick on ALA’s Facebook and Twitter and join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #LTBookPick.